On Monday, the United States released their roster for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador and Jurgen Klinsmann followed it up with an interview explaining why guys like Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis and Chris Wondolowski weren't called in. On Tuesday, he added Wondolowski to the squad.
Adding Wondolowski a day after the roster was announced is an odd move, especially because nobody has been taken off the team or has a known injury. To the best of the public's knowledge nothing changed player-wise from Monday.
Klinsmann said that he would add a few players to the roster for the Honduras friendly next week, with a few European-based players going back to their clubs. That he is adding one now is certainly strange and there is no word on whether Wondolowski will stick around for the next match or return to the Earthquakes on Saturday.
Wondolowski is hardly a fan favorite after missing a golden chance in the Americans' World Cup round of 16 loss to Belgium. He was already under fire after being included on the team ahead of Landon Donovan, but then for him to misfire really put the heat on him. Now he will play in the Americans' first home match since the World Cup, and the reception he gets will be very interesting.
The U.S. will play Ecuador on Friday at 7 p.m. in East Hartford, CT. The match will be televised on ESPN and UniMas.